Help Your Student Prepare for College
Know what your family and college-bound student should do to prepare for their college years, with a simplified college-planning process.
Search the College Parent FAQ Page to get answers to commonly asked questions.
Important Dates & Deadlines
FAFSA is Available
Meet the FAFSA Deadline
This date is the government deadline for students requesting aid; it's based on what school year aid is needed.
Deadlines Vary by State
Find your state’s financial aid, priority deadline and apply for aid.
National Decision Day
Many high school seniors officially pick the college they'll be attending on National Decision Day. Your child's college deposits and letter of intent are typically due on the first day of May.
Financial Aid Information for Parents
There are many options to help your family, or your child, pay for a college education. A final stage in the college decision process includes evaluating the financial aid award letters from the schools your child is considering attending. Many parents don’t know their child can appeal their financial aid package!
The best developed plans to pay for college include the following:
Student loans should be your final option to pay for school. However, there are student loan options available that offer reasonable terms. Parents and students should never use credit cards to help pay for college.
More College-Planning Resources
See if your question, and the answer, is on this list of common scholarship questions from parents.
September 15, 2022